The Impact of the Six Day War on the Mexican Jewish Community

By Judit Bokser Liwerant

University Press of Maryland, 2000

The author describes the response of the Mexican Jewish community to the Six Day War, which she calls "massive and enthusiastic both in human and material resources." This indicates the way in which a moment in history can act as a "founding event" where different dimensions converge: reality, symbolism, and the imaginary. Discourse and social action met, and together stretched the boundaries that define the scope and meaning of us. In words of the own actors, each Jew was defined as a potential citizen of Israel and the menace to the State as a threat to the entire Jewish people: "the people of Israel is one undivided unit." Thus, the perception of the Six Day War as an historical watershed was due not only to Israel's victory but also to the expression of solidarity and the cohesion it brought about in world Jewry. In this sense, one may understand the perception of the war has having balsamic effects. Nevertheless, a year later, the warfare was not seen as a remedy, as an integral cure. Therefore, one has to ask about the diseases on which it was called to have therapeutic effects. Were the afflictions related to the new conditions of Jewish life in general, or to the emerging situation that organized Zionism had to confront after the war? In the new situation of unity and increased mutual links between Israel and the Diaspora, the conversion of the Jewish excitement in an everlasting phenomenon, as well as the role each part was called to play in the process, could be defined in different ways. Consequently, the perception and definition of the war as a remedy could meant diverse circumstances and be seen differently, that is to say, as a remedy for different types of ill.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel Attachment, War, Mexican Jewry, Unity, Zionism

Name of Publication: The Six Day War and World Jewry

Editor: Lederhendler, Eli

Page Number(s): 187-204

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: Latin America , Mexico

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bokser Liwerant, Judit. The Impact of the Six Day War on the Mexican Jewish Community. The Six Day War and World Jewry. University Press of Maryland. 2000: 187-204.


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